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Andrew WK Biography

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Birth Name: Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier
Born: 1979/05/09
Birth Place: Stanford, California (born), Ann Arbor, Michigan (raised), New York, New York (lives)
Years Active: 1998-present
Genres: Hard Rock, Rock

Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier was born on May 9, 1979 in Stanford, California and is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and art performer. WK is best known for his 2001 hit single “Party Hard,” from his album “I Get Wet.” WK grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and began playing the piano at four years of age. During high school, WK studied jazz keyboard, and at age 14 joined the band 'Slam.' The next five years saw WK playing in and around the Michigan music scene, performing in an array of bands, including Lab Lobotomy, The Pterodactyls, Music Band, Mr. Velocity Hopkins, Kathode, The Portly Boys, Kangoo, The Beast People, Stormy Rodent, the Malt Lickers, Isis and Werewolves, and Sucking Coeds. In 1998, WK relocated to New York City and released his debut solo recording, “Room To Breathe” released on Hanson Records. 2000 saw the release of the EP, “AWKGOJ” on Bulb Records, followed by a second EP, “Party Til You Puke,” before WK was offered a deal by Island Def Jam Records.

WK's debut album, “I Get Wet” arrived in 2001 on Island Records, and peaked at the #1 position on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. That same year saw WK perform at Ozzfest and the track, “Party Hard” gained some mainstream attention. 2003 marked WK's second album, “The Wolf,” which spawned the singles: “Tear it Up” and “Never Let Down.” Despite WK's blooming fan base, the album was not as commercially successful as its predecessor. WK followed up the album with a tour. 2006 saw the release of new material from WK with his single, “I'm A Vagabond” debuting on Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones' radio show, “Jonesy's Jukebox.” 2008 saw Universal Music release a WK musical collection consisting of: “The Japan Covers;” and a Greatest Hits Compilation entitled, “The Very Best So Far.”

The album “Mother of Mankind” emerged in 2010 along with “Close Calls With Brick Walls.” The two albums contain 39 tracks in total, and saw WK embark on an extensive tour that included headlining the 2010 Warped Tour. In 2011, Andrew released a new EP, “Party All Goddamn Night.” Currently, WK is working on a new album.